The President participates in the Summer University in Baku, Azerbaijan

On the invitation of SAM (Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan) and CIFE (Centre international de Formation Européenne), the President participated in the Black Sea Summer University in Baku from July 22-28.

The President spoke on Friday, after many SAM scholars and guest speakers, such as S.E. Oleg Serebrian, on the geopolitics and geoeconomics of Europe in the ENP neighborhood.  Her presentation was based on the one given at the Grenoble Festival of Géopolitics in April 2014 on UE-Russie : mariage de raison?

Here is the link to the SAM website, where there are pictures and reports : http://sam.az/articles/view/sam-ve-cife-in-fransa-birge-teskilatciligi-ile-qara-deniz-regionunda-geosiyaset-movzusunda-yay-universiteti-oz-isine-baslamisdir

Here is the link to the CIFE website : http://www.cife.eu/

The Obsevatory welcomes Dr Jean-Paul Pancracio, professeur émérite

The President and the Scientific Council are pleased to announce that Jean-Paul Pancracio has joined the Observatory.

Professor Pancracio will join our Scientific Council, to which he will contribute his extensive expertise and experience, as well as to chair the newly formed Geostrategic Maritime Task Force, created in response to the every changing challenges in the Maritime space.

He will lead a team of maritime specialists, who will, under his leadership, advise and guide international organisations, governments and non-governmental organisations in dealing with the evolving menaces not only at sea but on land.

His full biography is here : http://obgms.org/research/conseil-scientifiquescientific-council/dr-jean-paul-pancracio-professeur-emerite/

To contact : gmtfchairman@obgms.org.

 

Welcome to Dr Virginie Tassin

We are pleased to welcome Dr Virginie Tassin to the Observatory’s Scientific Council.

Dr. Virginie J.M. Tassin is a recognized expert in Law of the Sea (International Law) and in addition possesses expertise in International Economic Law, European law, Environmental Law, Commerce, International Relations, and Sustainable Development.

She holds a Masters in International Economic Law from the Sorbonne University Paris I, a
Graduate Diploma of Commerce from  Sydney University, a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Learning & Leadership from Melbourne University, and a double-badged PhD from the Sorbonne Law School and Melbourne Law School, which won a prize from the Economic Law of the Sea Institute of Monaco (INDEMER) in 2011, the first prize awarded since 2007.

Her complete profile is available here : http://obgms.org/research/conseil-scientifiquescientific-council/dr-virginie-tassin/

Dr John Bruni and Ioannis Chapsos join the Scientific Council

We are pleased to announce that Dr John Bruni, Director of Sage International, based in Adelaide, Australia, is joining us and will bring his perspective from South East Asia.  He has a PhD from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and a Masters from Flinders University.  His bio will be available shortly.

Captain (ret) Ioannis Chapsos, of the Hellenic Navy is a Maritime Security Research Fellow at Coventry University (UK) and Vice President of the International Association of Maritime Security Professionals (IAMSP). Ioannis researches the global trend of privatisation of maritime security and the potential implications in international security and all contemporary security challenges of the maritime domain, with emphasis in modern piracy, IUU fishing, weapons drugs and human trafficking, and offshore installations. He introduced Maritime Security to Coventry University, and subsequently, the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS) research unit launched the Online MA Maritime Security course in January 2013. He is also a former Lecturer for International Security at the Hellenic Supreme Joint War College / Security & Strategy Department.

The Observatory wins tender call with the French Marine Ministry

The Observatory is proud to announce that we have won, in partnership with AESMA and INHESJ, a tender call on “Migration Flows in the Mediterranean” with the French Marine Ministry.

The President and Captain (ret) Ioannis Chapsos will be leading the Observatory’s team.  Mr Chapsos, who has just completed his PhD at Coventry University, where he is a full-time researcher and director of the Maritime Security Masters program, has just been nominated to the Observatory’s Scientific Council and we welcome him.

The President highlighted these migration flows in her speech at the Grenoble Geopolitical Festival in April 2013 and in the  Geostrategic Maritime Review, n°1 Fall-Winter 2013 issue .  Here is the link to the specific graphic : Les routes migratoires vers l’UE in 2012.

The results of this tender project will be available in the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of the Geostrategic Maritime Review.  

 

The President invited on France24 to discuss escalation in #Ukraine

François Picard invited the President to participate in France24’s nightly “The Debate” show, with this evening’s theme being “Escalation in Ukraine”.

Participating in tonight’s show were : former French Ambassador to Ukraine, Philippe de Suremain, Boris Najman; Associate Professor of Economy at Paris-Est Créteil University; and Dmitry Suslov, Voice of Russia.  Douglas Herbert was reporting live from Donetsk.

Here’s the link : http://www.france24.com/en/20142804-the-debate-ukraine-escalation-part-one/

The President attends the 2nd France-Russia conference in Paris

As the Observatory is very attentive to strategic events in its neighborhood, such as the crisis in Ukraine, the President attended this high level conference which was organised by #IRIS,the #Observatoire Franco-Russe, #MEDEF International and the #CCI Franco-Russe.

To get more background on the subject and access the list of the speakers, here is the link to the program on the IRIS website : http://www.iris-france.org/actualite/2014-04-24/programme.php

Here below is a short selection of personalities that spoke at the conference.

Chantal Guittet, Députée du Finistère, présidente du groupe d’amitié France-Russie à l’Assemblée Nationale, a fait l’allocution de l’ouverture soulignant que la France et la Russie faisait un front commun, malgré l’incompatibilité de leurs régimes, qui les ont éloignés. Qu’il y avait des sujets “irritants” et que l’économie ne doit se faire en dépit des droits de l’homme, mais que tous deux avaient la responsabilité de la paix et de la sécurité.

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S.E. Alexandre Orlov, Ambassadeur de la Fédération de la Russie en France, a parlé “d’une manque de but stratégique où aller ensemble” et qu’il n’y avait pas d’agenda propre entre la France et la Russie.

Il a également dit que la France a délégué trop à l’UE aux Affaires Etrangères et que la France doit prendre l’initiative.  Il estime que le Quai d’Orsay est devenu un Ministère Economique et commercial, qui crée un déséquilibre.

Il constatait que les sanctions ont été “primitives” et il les a comparé aux enfants jouant au bac de sable et qui se tapaient avec des pelles!

Il déplorait que la presse française crée un mauvais image de la Russie comme “l’empire du mal” et qui résulte en “la grande méfiance” des Français vis à vis des Russes.

“Les Français et les Russes sont condamnés à s’entendre, se comprendre”.

Andrey Kortunov a tracé les origines de la crise en 2014 vers des “causes profondes”, du Caucase en 2008, la guerre en Yougoslavie, les Etats-Unis en Iraq, autrement dit, les vingt ans qui ont suivi la fin de la Guerre froide, qui a sapé le droit international et qui a favorisé les actions unilatérales.

Il constate que les sanctions sur la Russie sont dommageables pour elle, pas qui n’auront pas les résultats politiques escomptés.

“Nous perdons le contrôle du système international” et la dégradations des institutions internationales.

Yves Pozzo di Borgo a constaté qu’il n’y avait pas de politique EU-Russie, ce qui explique, en partie, que 78% des Français ont un mauvais image de la Russie, qu’il a aussi attribué aux écoles doctorales et l’orientation des recherches.

Thierry Mariani a posé la question sur le renouvellement de l’accord entre l’UE et la Russie qui a débuté en 1997 : va-t-elle être renouveller en 2017?  Quid du partenariat oriental?  Où et quelles sont les frontières de l’Europe?

Concernant la prise de pouvoir à Kyiv, il a dit que c’était “un coup d’état” et questionnait “la légitimité du parlement” et le rôle des Américains.